Work today was totally, completely, 100% frustrating. Bummersauce.
I’m not going to lie, sometimes I have a day like this & come home to comfort myself with a pan of brownies, pajamas at 4 PM, no exercise, & an evening of general self-loathing. But I know from past experience that this only makes it worse, so I powered through & did some good things for me! YAY!
After putting on some play clothes, I sipped on a lovely cup of peppermint tea from my Valentine’s mug. I am a total sucker for anything holiday themed. I love decorating for any & every holiday. Makes things so much cheerier, dontcha think??
When in doubt, I also recommend taking jumping photos of yourself with your camera’s self timer. I swear, it totally cheered me up!
On today’s workout agenda were a couple shows from Exercise TV! I LOVE having these workouts at my fingertips. There are SO many of them, so I never get bored, & it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than going to a gym.
First up, Jackie Warner’s Total Body Power Circuit. Girl is legit! Sometimes I get a little scared that she’s going to reach through the TV & whip my butt if I don’t keep up! Seriously, though, I love this workout because it really works my muscles, but I never get to a point where I feel like quitting. Plus, I get that “good hurt” the next day.
Next, a little yoga with Bethenny. Now I must profess my love for Bethenny Frankel. She is so wonderfully blunt; I adore her. And not to get all schmoopy on you, but I find her really inspiring. As a 31 year old single woman, I feel a little jaded in the love/marriage/career department. When I look at how far Bethenny has come in her 30s, it gives me hope for myself. I’m nowhere near as driven as she is, but she really makes me believe I can give it a go! Her book, A Place of Yes, is coming out soon, & I honestly can’t wait!!!
Anywho, onto the calming wonderfullness (yes, I just made up that word) that is yoga. I rarely take the time to stretch after working out, so I love that this totally relaxes my muscles while also working them.
My workouts were really good today. Definitely glad I made myself do them! I was super hungry when I got done, though, so I whipped up a Roasted Veggie Salad inspired my Kristin, one of my favorite bloggers! My version went like this:
Roasted Veggie Salad
Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Peel & chop a small butternut squash & put it on the pan. Spray the squash with more cooking spray & sprinkle with 1/2 T. brown sugar & some ground cinnamon. Toss it all together until it’s coated.
Then, chop up a small eggplant. Spray with cooking spray & sprinkle with garlic salt & pepper. Throw it on the pan next to the squash. Pop the veggies into the oven at 425* for about 30 minutes.
While the veggies roast, slice up half an onion & caramelize it over medium low heat. While the onions are doing their thing, add about 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan & reduce it down until it becomes syrupy deliciousness. I would tell you how to do this, but I’m not all that great at it. Google it. Practice. You’ll find your way. And when I master it, I’ll post about it then.
When there are about 10 minutes left for the veggies, throw a handful of grape tomatoes onto the pan. Put some romaine lettuce into a bowl & toss it with Garlic Gold Lemon Vinaigrette. If you haven’t tried this stuff, it is life changing. Order it. I promise you won’t be sorry.
The veggies should be about done roasting by now, so take ‘em out. Throw about half the squash & eggplant & all the tomatoes on top of the romaine. Top the whole thing with your onions & balsamic syrup.
OMG! The balsamic & onions totally make this!!! I die!
Paired with my beer of choice, cuz it was a rough day & it couldn’t hurt, right???
Ha! Take that, Bad Day!!! Off to enjoy some How I Met Your Mother . . . I’ve got my eye on something sweet in the kitchen, too!
A Q for you . . .
How do you undo a bad day?